Time trends 2000-2017 of pedometer determined physical activity in swedish schoolchildren
ISPAH ePoster Library. Raustorp A. Oct 15, 2018; 225197
Assoc. Prof. Anders Raustorp
Assoc. Prof. Anders Raustorp
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Abstract IntroductionConsensus guidelines urge youth to be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) for 60 minutes or more per day. Data for PA levels and trends are needed to effectively implement interventions. In a pilot study on elementary schoolchildren in Sweden, pedometer determined PA has been reported stable between 2000 and 2013 with the exception of 5th grade boys. The aim of this study was to explore time trends from 2000 to 2017 of pedometer determined PA, in 2nd, 5th and 8th graders aged 8, 11 and 14 respectively. MethodsIn autumn 2000, data were collected during four concequetive schooldays on 332 2nd, 5th and 8th graders (179 boys) in five schools in south east Sweden, all middle-class communities. In 2017 data from 561 (271 boys) from matched classes at the same five schools were gathered. The same protocol and identical procedures and instruments (sealed Yamax SW 200 ) as in 2000 was applied for data collection, including height and weight measures. ResultsA significant decrease in daily mean steps was seen in 8th grade (boys 30,2%, p < 0,001, girls 23,7% p < 0,001) and 5th grade (boys 11,4% p = 0,008, girls 7,3% p = 0,007). In 2nd grade an increase was seen (boys 9,3% p = 0,037, girls 3,3% non sig). ConclusionsTime trends of PA differ between different grades. PA decreased with more than a quarter in 8 th grade and around one tenth in 5th grade. However 2nd graders PA seems stable.
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